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Attend a Neighborhood Association Meeting
Check the Neighborhood Program's event calendar to find upcoming neighborhood association meetings.
Community Activities Funds Available
The Office of Community and Civic Life supports neighborhood associations and other community organizations through the Community Activities Fund (CAF). The CAF reimburses volunteer-run organizations in the NPNS neighborhood district for money spent on community-building and civic engagement activities. Eligible organizations in these areas are invited to apply.
Applications will be open through May 31, 2024, or until funds are gone, whichever comes first. This is a reimbursement program for expenses incurred from June 1, 2023, and May 31, 2024.
Congrats to our Small Grants & Sponsorships Applicants and Awardees!
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the organizations that applied for the 2023-24 Small Grants & Sponsorships Program. Your commitment to community enhancement and civic engagement is truly inspiring. The quality and variety of proposals we received were outstanding, reflecting the passion and dedication within our community. While we celebrate the collective effort of all applicants, we are pleased to announce and congratulate the following organizations selected as awardees:
- Jefferson High School PTSA
- Sauvie Island Center
- Royal Rose Foundation
- Chief Joseph Elementary School PTO
- Lavender League
- St. Johns Swap n Play
- Freinds of Ours
- Columbia Slough Watershed Council
- North Portland Tool Library
Your projects stood out for their innovation and potential to strengthen neighborhood livability. Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to the awardees. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact your initiatives have on our community.
Meeting and Event Spaces
NPNS has worked with community groups to preserve historic buildings in North Portland, the Historic Firehouse in Kenton and the Overlook House. At one time these buildings were abandoned or set to be sold for private use. In both cases, community members stepped up to advocate for their preservation as community operated facilities. The Historic Kenton Firehouse and the Overlook House are facilities now available for community meetings and events.
Equitable and Fair Support
North Portland has the support of Civic Life staff that continue to build an equitable and fair process for delivering service. Mary Kelley and Summar Money are available to attend neighborhood association meetings and meet with boards to answer questions and collect feedback on priorities. You can contact the coordinators directly or email CivicLife@PortlandOregon.gov.
View Civic Life to find boundaries, contact information, construction projects and events. Technical assistance is available to neighborhood associations wanting to improve their communications.
Directions to Kenton Firehouse
TriMet Bus 4 — N. Brandon & Kilpatrick (one block south on N. Brandon to the NPNS offices)
TriMet MAX Yellow Line — N. Denver Station (three blocks south on N. Denver and one block west on N. Schofield to the NPNS offices)
TriMet Bus 75 — N. Lombard & N. Denver (six locks north on N. Denver and one block west on N. Schofield to the NPNS offices)
Nearby Bike Boulevards — East/West N. Terry Street, North/South N. Fenwick
From the South: 1-5 north to N. Lombard West (305B) exit; west on N. Lombard to N. Denver; north on N. Denver to N. Schofield; west on N. Schofield to the Historic Kenton Firehouse at the corner of N. Brandon & N. Schofield
From the West: east on N. Lombard to N. Denver; north on N. Denver to N. Schofield; west on N. Schofield to the Historic Kenton Firehouse at the corner of N. Brandon & N. Schofield
From the East: west on N. Lombard to N. Denver; north on N. Denver to N. Schofield; west on N. Schofield to the Historic Kenton Firehouse at the corner of N. Brandon & N. Schofield
From the North: I-5 south to the N. Denver (306) exit; south on N. Denver to N. Schofield; west on N. Schofield to the Historic Kenton Firehouse at the corner of N. Brandon & N. Schofield